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Meet the Governors

Welcome to Plympton St Mary's Priory Schools Governing Body

Welcome to the Governance page of Plympton St. Mary Infant school and Old Priory Junior Academy Governing Body.  Both schools are part of St. Christopher’s Multi Academy Trust; “A strong family of outstanding schools, serving their community and contributing fully to the provision of education, collaborating with other partners to achieve common goals.” The Multi Academy Trust is accountable in Law for all decisions about its academies however, the Local Governing Bodies have been delegated responsibilities by the Trust which along with working with the senior leadership team ensures that day to day decisions regarding the school's are made locally by those who know the school best. The Local Governing Board also supports staff to ensure that the School continues to move forward in line with its School Improvement Plan.


The Local Governing Board is made up of dedicated volunteers all of whom have different skills and experience and have a common commitment to education, the school children, staff, parents/carers and the local community.


If you would like to find out more about the Governing body or are interested in becoming a member please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body



Local Governing Body Members


Governor Name Position Date of appointment Business  and Pecuniary interests Term of office Appointed by Responsibility Committee Membership
Robert Harris Chair Of Governors,  Co-opted Governor 27/09/2018 Minister of St. Marys  Parish church 1 Year LGB N/A


Teaching and Learning

Karen Aspinall Parent Governor



Children attend the School

4 Years LGB Communication Resources
Sarah Woolven-Allen Foundation Governor 16/06/2017 Children attend the school 4 Years Trust


Pupil Groups

Teaching and Learning
Emma Kingwell Staff Governor 26/06/2018 None 4 Year  LGB N/A Resources
Suzie Ottewell Headteacher September 2018 Headteacher at St Mary's Primary School 1 year  Trust N/A


Teaching and Learning

Jane Burt Associate Governor

October 2018

Child Attending the School Ex Oficio Trust



Teaching and Learning

Diane Smith Foundation Governor 01/09/2019 None 4 Years Trust Ethos Teaching and Learning
Stuart Talbot Foundation Governor 01/09/2019 Child attends the school 4 Years Trust

Premises, Health & Safety

and Risk Management

Matthew Kent Clare Parent Governor 01/09/2019 Child attends the school 4 Years LGB Finance Resources
Emma Young Foundation Governor 01/09/2019 Child at Plympton St Mary's C of E Infant School  4 Years Trust  

Teaching and Learning


Governor Meetings and Attendance from September 2019 to August 2020


Governor Attendance at full LGB meetings 2019/2020
Rob Harris 6/6
Emma Kingwell 5/6
Suzie Ottewell 6/6
Sarah Woolven-Allen 6/6
Karen Aspinal 6/6
Jane Burt 6/6
Emma Young 6/6
Stu Talbot 5/6
Matthew Kent-Clare 6/6
Di Smith 6/6
Chris Banbury 6/6
Dan Campbell  3/3
Nick Evans 4/4


Governor                                                                                                                                    Attendance at Teaching and Learning Committee 2019/2020 (due to Covid-19 the 2nd and 3rd meetings were cancelled with outstanding business incorporated with the remaining full LGB meetings).
Rob Harris 1/1
Suzie Ottewell 1/1
Di Smith 1/1
Chris Banbury 1/1
Emma Young 1/1
Jane Burt 1/1
Dan Campbell 1/1
Sarah Woolven -Allen 0/1



Governor                                                                                                                                    Attendance at Resources Committee 2019/2020 (Due to Covid-19 the 3rd meeting was cancelled with outstanding business incorporated in the remaining full LGB meetings).
Rob Harris 1/2
Suzie Ottewell 2/2
Karen Aspinal 2/2
Stu Talbot 2/2
Nick Evans 2/2
Matthew Kent-Clare 2/2
Emma Kingwell 1/2

Minutes are available on request.

Previous Governors

Governors who have resigned their term of office from 2019 to 2020.

Name of Governor

Month of Resignation

Dan Campbell March 2020
Nick Evans April 2020
Chris Banbury August 2020


Articles of Association and Scheme of Delegation


“Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14)


Love, Friendship, Thankfulness, Respect, Forgiveness, Perseverance, Trust

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